Sports Illustrated conducted a poll of 200+ NFL players and asked them who was the dirtiest player. Our own Steve Smith made the list at #12. Normally I could care less about these types of polls but for some reason I find this one way off base. What exactly do they mean by 'meanest'?
Is it 'meanest' player as in badest player? Fierce? Feisty? If so then I agree.
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If they 'meanist' as in personality and the way he treats people and/or plays the game then I have to protest. While I might agree when on the field he typically walks around with a scowl on his face (except for a few minutes after scoring) so I guess that could be construed as being mean.
Now if they ran a poll asking who talked the maddest smack on the field he just might win that one. I've always thought if Smith were not a Panther and instead a Falcon or Buc I would probably hate him with a passion. He showboats a good bit but he also backs it up with amazing plays on the field and that is enough to send any diehard opposing fan over the edge. But I doubt I would think he was mean.
Steve Smith is not a mean guy, I can tell you that. He puts up a tough guy persona in front of fans and the media but I bet he's a softy at home. If you see him in person signing autographs and talking to fans you can tell he really loves kids and is usually cordial to most. Okay, he can be moody too but that's only cause Foxy wouldn't (or Clausen couldn't) throw the ball to him!
Here's a poll they should give the players: Who's the toughest player under 5' 10" tall that after scoring a 40+ yard TD on your ass talked so much wild smack you couldn't help but laugh?